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Telephone 0131 225 8092
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Introduction to Edinburgh Counselling Agencies List
The Edinburgh Counselling Agencies list exists to make the process of finding suitable counselling support easier and less stressful. It can help people find counselling appropriate to their needs, their locality as well as what they can afford. The list also highlights the likely time that someone might be expected to wait until they can be seen. It also lists a contact name at each respective agency. Please send us feedback about any information that is out of date, or any suggestions to make it more helpful.
|Agency Name||Contact Information||Speciality||Cost (£)||Disabled Access||Waiting List||Contact People|
|24hr Crisis Centre||Tel: 0808 8010414 text: 07974429075|
|A crisis centre for people aged 16 and over resident in Edinburgh|
|Action for Children||17/18 London Road|
Tel: 0131 466 4600
Fax: 0131 466 4604
|Supporting young people experiencing difficulties with drugs, alcohol or volatile substance use.|
18 or under in/from Edinburgh. Self referral or by parent/friend/worker.
One-to-one and family counselling & support.
|Arkordia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service ||Based in South Side Centre|
Tel: 662 6512
|General counselling to assist individuals to explore and resolve whatever difficulties are being experienced||Negotiated Donations from £10 upwards per session to offer a service available to those on low incomes.||Not available at this address but can be negotiated and arranged elsewhere.||Yes, for appointments call the Tel No or email address indicated.||Bennet Haughton
|Birthlink Adoption Counselling Centre ||21 Castle Street|
Tel: 0131 225 6441
|After Adoption services.|
Counselling & "Birthlink", the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland
|Contact Reg. £20 If not on benefits £NIL If on benefits First counselling appt: £35/hr Court process: £35 Mediation: £50 Search of Public Records: £100 (Overseas £120)||Although we have no disabled access we are happy to make arrangements to meet elsewhere.||No waiting list for counselling. 3-4 month waiting list for search||Social Work Manager: Kate McDougall
|Bright Light||9a Dundas Street|
Tel: 0131 556 1527
Fax: 0131 558 9526
Family therapy, young people's therapy (4-18)
|Contributions negociable in line with Income.||Not at Dundas St.|
Access at: Livingston, Sighthill, Dalkeith, and Tranent
|Dependent on client availability||Reception
|CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)||Royal Edinburgh Hospital|
Tel: 0131 537 6364
Fax: 0131 537 6102
|CAMHS provides psychological, medical and psychosocial assessment and treatment for children and young people with mental health problems. CAMHS aims to promote health and well-being and to prevent relapse by offering a range of individual, family and group approaches. CAMHS teams also offer professional consultation services.|
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health outpatient sector teams cover North Edinburgh(537 6364), South Edinburgh (536 0534), Midlothian and East Lothian and West Lothian) based on GP locality.
The five sector teams have different bases. CAMHS outpatient teams are multi-disciplinary health teams for children and young people up to the age of 18 Years.
Referrals usually come from general practitioners, health visitors, social workers or from schools GP.
(this service does not accept self-referral)
|Free||Yes||Possible waiting list||Reception|
|Chalmers Sexual Health Centre||2A Chalmers Street|
Tel: 0131 536 1070
|Lothian Sexual Health provides reliable and straightforward information about sexual health & services for people in Lothian.|
You can access support, services and information on contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexual problems.
You can find out more about the clinics provided in Chalmers Sexual Health Centre including the new drop-in service for under 19's Healthy Respect+
|Free||Walk -in (no appointment needed) If you have symptoms or you feel that the problem is urgent and can't wait, you may come to our walk-in clinic. Our walk-in clinic is open 8.30am-10.00am Monday - Friday (this is a very busy clinic that rapidly gets full. Later arrivals are interviewed by one of our nurses who will add urgent cases to the day's list. Patients with less significant problems may be asked to try again on another day). Are you Under 16? Drop-in clinic times - Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 7pm and Friday 8.30 - 3.30pm - Young People (only) drop-in - Friday 1-3pm ||Reception|
|CoCo Counselling||140 Pleasance|
Edinburgh EH8 9RR
07724152557 / 07787000251
|We offer indoor and outdoor person-centred counselling to all clients over 16||We ask all clients for a regular contribution each session based on what they can afford||Rooms are located on the first floor, but access to a ground floor room via a ramp is sometimes available.||We do have a short waiting list, but are usually able to see clients for an initial appointment within a few weeks.||Kate Frazer and Shilpa Balaram|
|Contact Counselling ||Counsellors across the city of Edinburgh|
Tel: 0131 466 4597
Children and Young People's Counselling
Post Natal Depression Counselling
|Depending on income, from £25 - £35 per 60 minute session, Students and Trainee Counsellors £25||No||Fast Response Appointment within 7 days. Ongoing Counselling Immediate.||Roslin Brown
|Crew 2000 ||32 Cockburn Street,|
Tel: 0131 220 3404
|Drug Counselling||Free||No||Immediate assessment then 2-4 week waiting time ||Reception
|Crossreach Counselling: Lothians ||Wallace House|
3 Boswell Road
Tel: 0131 552 8901
Fax: 0131 552 2319
|Generic Counselling for children and adults (excluding addictions)|
|Contributions encouraged/negotiable in line with income Fast track service available - £40 per session||Call to arrange in advance||Initial Assessment within 2-3 weeks, possible wait of 2-6 weeks for ongoing counselling ||Mairi Norman
|Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland ||3 Rutland Square|
Tel: 0845 600 2227
|Bereavement counselling||Contributions encouraged ||No access, but can arrange home visits||Dependant on waiting list ||Lynda Keay
|Dads Rock Free Counselling||WHALE Arts Agency, 30 Westburn Grove, Edinburgh, EH14 2SA Tel: 07542074165|
|Counselling service for mums, dads and other care givers||Free||Yes||No||Thomas Lynch|
|Edinburgh And Lothian Council on Alcohol ||6 Clifton Terrace|
Tel: 0131 337 8188
|One-to-one counselling for people concerned about their alcohol intake or another's use of alcohol.||Free. Donations welcomed. ||No. One flight of stairs.||4-6 weeks ||Reception|
|Edinburgh Gestalt Institute ||51 Lothian Road|
Tel: 0131 228 3841
|Gestalt Psychotherapy, counselling and supervision.||Variable according to practitioner. £40/£50 per hour. Some reduced rate therapy offered. ||No||No||Institute Coordinator: Neil Wykes
|Edinburgh Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy ||EICP operates from various locations throughout the city: Leith, City Centre and Southside|
Tel: 0131 667 5251
|Individual and couple counselling.|
Counselling and Psychotherapy for individuals.
|No disabled access at present although two of our locations are on the ground floor with one step.||No waiting list. Fairly flexible appointment times (evening/weekend appointments possible)||EICP
|Edinburgh Women's Aid||4 Cheyne Street|
Tel: 0131 315 8110 / 0131 315 8111
|No Counselling but listening and Information Service||Free||Yes||Drop-in service. ||Michele Corcoran (Project Manager)
|FENIKS Counselling, Personal Development and Support Services Ltd||Phone: 075 101 224 25|
|Provides psychological support in|
Polish and English for Central Eastern European community in Edinburgh
|From £25 per session.|
For people who cannot afford it we ask from 0 to £15
|Yes||No waiting list for those able to pay £25 or more. There can be a waiting list for concessions/no fee||Magda Czarnecka Project Coordinator|
|Gay Men's Health ||10 Union Street|
Tel: 0131 558 9444
Fax: 0131 558 9060
|Individuals and couples therapy for gay and bisexual men on any issue.|
Short and long term.
|Free / By donation ||Yes||No waiting time for initial assessment. Appointment thereafter within 3 to 4 weeks.||Fiona Macaulay (Counselling Manager)
|Gingerbread Edinburgh & Lothian Project Ltd ||c/o Tollcross Primary Schoo|
Tel: 0131 478 1391 / 07825 925 846
|Lone Parent Families.|
No counselling but listening and information service.
Can use local club if available for disabled access.
|None||Carol Anne Janice
|Health All Round ||24 Westfield Avenue|
Tel: 0131 337 1376
|Drop-in/self-referral for short term counselling.|
Gorgie/Dalry and wide surrounding area.
Open: Mon 10-12; Wed 10-2; Thurs 12-2
|We request a minimum contribution of £5 per session. NB* No one will be turned away because of inability to pay. ||Yes||10-12 weeks or register at the drop in centre for waiting list. ||Catriona Windle (Project co-ordinator)
|Health in Mind (previously known as the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health) ||40 Shandwick Place|
Information Line – 0131 243 0106 or
Tel: 0131 225 8508
Fax: 0131 220 0028
|Craigmillar counselling – this is a general counselling service for people living in Greater Craigmillar, who are finding life difficult to cope with and would like some emotional support. |
Trauma counselling – this is for people in Edinburgh who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Telephone Counselling Line Scotland – telephone counselling for adults anywhere in Scotland who have experienced any type of childhood abuse, including emotional abuse and childhood neglect.
Information service – signposting to help people find services, information, and activities to help them keep well
|Free; donations gratefully accepted. Ability to pay does not affect your eligibility||No, but alternative arrangements can be made.||Variable, depending on demand. no waiting list for Information Service||Lorraine Sorely for Counselling services, Flora Sharp for Information Service
|Health Opportunities Team||1a Queens Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA|
0131 468 4600
|We offer One-to-One & Groupwork support to young people between the ages of 12 -25 affected by their own or parental substance misuse. Turn Around support is offered in clinics within schools and in community based settings.|
Health Opportunities Team are c:card registered & run free sexual health Drop-ins to young people between the ages of 13-18 in Gracemount at The Mansion(Thurs 7-9pm), at The Inch Community Sports Club (Wed 4:30-6:30pm), in Portobello Library (Wed 4:30-6:30pm) and in Craigmillar at the HOT Office, 1a Queen’s Walk (Thurs 3:45-6pm).
|Free||Yes||For some areas yes, please phone us to enquire.||Karen Sutherland, Office Manager|
|Hope Park Counselling centre ||8 Hope Park Square|
Tel: 0131 650 6696
|Individual Counselling for Adults in Edinburgh||Contribution £2- £30 per session and initial appointment ||None||Waiting time 2 weeks to 3 months||Kathy McMillan
|Human Development Scotland (adult services))||Suite 17|
8-12 Torphichen Street
Tel: 0131 229 5465
|Counselling and Psychotherapy services for individuals and couples (Adult).|
Meeting a wide variety of clients’ problems.
Leaflets with further information available.
|Assessment and Sessions £40 -£50 I ||No, but call in advance and special provision can be made||None||Ask for the Counselling Service
|Human Development Scotland (children & Young People)||Suite 17|
8-12 Torphichen Street
Tel: 0131 229 5465
|Children & Young People's Service|
Assessment and treatment for those between the ages of 0-25 years.
Consultations with parents, carers, some young adults and statutory and voluntary agencies who work with children.
|Fees are reviewed annually. Please contact us for the current rate. In some circumstances, Human Development Scotland may be able to offer assistance with fees. ||No, but call in advance and special provision can be made||None||Ask for Children & Young People's Counselling Service
|LGBT Health & Wellbeing Counselling Service ||LGBT Health & Wellbeing|
9 Howe Street
Tel: 0131 523 1106
|One to one counselling/psychotherapy for LGBT people.|
Therapeutic workshops and group work.
|Free (Donations welcome) ||No||Currently Approx 3 months ||Alison Wren
|Lifeline Scotland ||24A Haddington Place|
Tel: 0131 557 2060 / 07904 499 320
|Counselling for Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Termination and Fertility||Free||No||2 weeks ||Celia O'Donnell and Alice Dickson
|Link Living ||2C New Mart Road|
Tel: 0845 002 0819 from a landline. Or, you can telephone us on 0330 303 0302
|We offer a range of counselling services including art therapy & person-centred counselling to:|
People with mental health needs
People with learning disabilities
People with addictions
People with physical disabilities
Self Directed Support
|Sessions are £30 and we work in Edinburgh, Kirkaldy & Fife.|
|Mental Health Assessment Service ||Royal Edinburgh Hospital|
Tel: 0131 537 6000
|Emergency mental health assessment service.||Free||Yes||24-hour service |
|Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (MYPAS) ||Tolbooth Hall|
176 High Street
Tel: 0131 454 0757
Fax: 0131 454 0844
|Generic counselling and Art Therapy within Midlothian for young people ages 12-18; |
Self-referral or by agreement with young person.
|Free||Call to arrange in advance.||12-20 weeks All new referrals offered initial meeting within 2 weeks.||Dave Evans (Manager)
|North East Edinburgh Counselling Service ||31 Haddington Place|
Tel: 0131 557 4478
|Adults resident in North East Edinburgh area. |
General counselling service.
We also offer a service for 16-25 year olds at risk of harm.
|Sessions provided by individually agreed voluntary contribution or free of charge as required||Call to arrange in advance||See website for current waiting times. ||Manager: Lorna Gallacher
|One Parent Families Scotland ||13 Gayfield Square|
Tel: 0131 556 3899 Helpline: 0808 801 0323
|No funding for Counselling|
Offer a listening service for Lone Parent Families
|Open Secret||Main office: 98 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, FK2 7AB|
01324 630 100
|One-to-one counselling for adult (18+) survivors of childhood abuse/trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.||Free||Dependant on venue, but able to accommodate||Variable, depending on demand. Currently 2-3 months estimated||Administration team|
|PF Counselling Service ||8 Balcarres Street,|
Tel: 0131 447 0876
Individuals over the age of 18.
|No set fee. Contribution negotiated and encouraged based on what client genuinely can afford.||Yes||3-4 months for initial assessment||Reception|
|Pilton Community Health Project ||73 Boswall Parkway|
Tel: 0131 551 1671
Fax: 0131 551 1677
|Counselling for adults resident in Greater Pilton.|
Self-referral, free crèche. Counselling for students at Broughton and Craigroyston
|Free||Yes||Contact PCHP for approx waiting list times||Jen Richards
|Postnatal Depression Services ||Main Office:|
3 Boswell Road
PND Centres also at:
Palmerston Place, East Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 538 7288
Fax: 0131 552 2319
|Counselling & support for families with a baby under 2 years of age where a parent suffers from Postnatal Depression.|
Individual, Group & Couples Counselling.
With crèche facilities at all locations
|Sliding scale with £10 min charge. NB. No one will be turned away due to inability to contribute.||Yes||Initial assessment, usually within 2 weeks. Group places frequently available. Waiting List for individual counselling, 6-8 weeks depending on requirement. ||Tessa Haring
|Saheliya||125 McDonald Road,|
Tel: 556 9302
Fax: 0131 476 8429
|Individual Counselling and Art Therapy for Black and Minority Ethnic girls/women aged 12 plus in different BME languages. Free Crèche||Free. Donations welcome.||Yes||Variable, depending on demand.||Keiko Ota
|Samaritans||25 Torphichen St|
Tel: 0131 221 9999 / 08457 90 90 90
|Open door 9am - 10pm, 7 days a week.|
|Simpson House Counselling and Recovery Service ||52 Queen Street |
Tel: 225 6028/ 225 1054
|We counsel adults affected by past or present drug use or adults affected by a family member/friends' drug use.|
We have one SMART group per week and a weekly Choose Life Group.
|Free||Yes. Must be arranged in advance||Self-referrals only. There is a waiting list that varies in length, please contact for latest timescales.||Ask for any project worker or counsellor.
|Simpson House Sunflower Garden||52 Queen Street |
Tel: 225 6028/ 220 2488
|Children age 0-12 years affected by family drug and alcohol use.||Free||Yes. Must be arranged in advance||Third-party referrals welcome ||Ask for any project worker or counsellor.
|Simpson House Training||52 Queen Street |
Tel: 220 5996
|COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills - Children & Young People, DipHE Counselling Children and Young People. |
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills - Substance Use & Dependency.
Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People (30 hrs)
|Phone/ e-mail for course information fee.|
|Social Work Mental Welfare ||Tel: (For ringing outside of normal work hours) 0800 731 6969 |
|TalkTime Edinburgh ||Norton Park Conference Centre Albion Rd |
Edinburgh EH7 5QY
Tel: 07774 210104
|Young people with physical disabilities age 12-25||Free, donations welcome ||Yes||We are a brand new charity which offers counselling to young people aged 12-25 with physical disabilities and have six slots available for one-to-one counselling as of January 2015.||Seonaid Cooke
|Tara Trust Edinburgh ||12 Marchhall Crescent|
Tel: 0131 667 3723
|General Counselling/Stress Management/Tara Rokpa Psychotherapy - Individual and Groups||Charges vary according to the counsellor||No waiting list ||Lesley Hammond
|The Health Agency||Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre|
30 Harvesters Way
Tel: 0131 453 9400
|Person-Centred Counselling - 12 weekly sessions. |
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 16 weekly sessions.
Alcohol Counselling Service – 12 weekly sessions of Person Centred Counselling, 1 block of 6 free massages (1 per week) and access to acupuncture group if desired.
Accessible to individuals aged 16 years upwards living in Wester Hailes and neighbouring areas.
|Free||Yes||Yes. One to one crisis intervention available if needed prior to counselling.||Joyce Changes|
|The Junction ||82-86 Great Junction Street|
Tel: 0131 553 0570
|Counselling for Young People aged 12-21 living in Leith and NE Edinburgh.|
Drop ins, one-one support and alcohol support available.
|Free||Yes||2 - 8 weeks ||Reception|
|The Spark||1st Floor, 3 Rutland Square, Edinburgh|
We have 15 centres across Scotland.
Appointments Email: Appointments@thespark.org.uk
Appointments Telephone: 0845 271 2711
The Relationship Helpline: 0808 802 2088
The Relationship Helpline Webchat: www.thespark.or.uk/webchat
|A well-established charity in Scotland delivering a range of relationship support, education and counselling services||£45 per session|
Cost is flexible based on couples/individuals financial circumstances, we make sure cost is never a barrier to counselling.
|No||We can generally accommodate clients in 1 – 2 weeks across all centres||Appointments Team|
|The Stafford Centre ||103 Broughton Street|
Tel: 557 0718
Fax: 478 7119
|Drop-in centre for adults with mental health problems. |
Offers information, support, group and recreational activities.
|Free||Limited||Appointments by referral and self referral.||Reception|
|The Whole Works ||Jackson’s Close,|
209 Royal Mile,
Tel: 0131 225 8092
A variety of counselling approaches available.
One hour initial consultation to determine appropriate support.
|£35-£50; concessions available with some practitioners ||No.||Initial Consultation within the week. Possible waiting for first appointment.||Rob Ritchie
|Vocal||8-13 Johnstone Terrace|
Tel: 0131 622 6666
Fax: 0131 622 7621
|Counselling for carers in Edinburgh and across the Lothians.||Sessions provided by individually agreed voluntary contribution, or free of charge if income is very limited. ||Yes||Intake / assessment appointment within 2 weeks. Usually a waiting list for counselling of 2-3 months. ||Lorraine Mackenzie
|Wellspring||13 Smith's Place|
Tel: 0131 553 6660
|Psychotherapy for individuals and families.||Fees negotiable by income level. Minimum £25. ||No access but sessions can be arranged at another venue.||Yes. Phone for information. 2-3 weeks for daytime, 4-6 weeks for evening.||Administration Staff